Artist Spotlight – Thomas Buckley

27 October, 2021

Thomas Buckley works as an artist and storyteller using digital media. Often working in projection, immersive technologies (VR, AR, XR) and interactive installations. His work is often about using digital or XR outcomes as a poultice to draw out our humanity.

Photo credit: Thomas Buckley, Digital Democracies Residency 2021

We asked Thomas Buckley some questions to get to know him and his practice better.

What does the theme ‘Connection’ mean to you/your practice?

My work is all about connection, the art I make is always an attempt at a conversation – I’m most proud when I can communicate something small and fragile about someone’s life or our world in a way that resonates with an audience.

We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary, where were you 10 years ago (creatively speaking)?

10 years ago, I was almost exclusively drawing – looking back I can see how I was developing an interest in how objects could tell stories and hold the marks of people who use them, although I had no idea how that interest would develop in my practice.

How do you hope the arts build back better after the pandemic?

I hope the awareness we might now have over our bodies, as something permeable can lead to interesting work with the senses.

Image Credit: Thomas Buckley, Its Raining The Spire & Brighton Digital Festival (2018)

Thomas Buckley’s amazing, multi-sensory installation will be available to see, smell, touch and listen to throughout the festival outside St Mary Le Wigford Church, Lincoln.

Visit Thomas’ Repositorium on the 28th-31st October 12pm-8pm and experience the stories of those who live or have lived in Lincoln.

We recommend taking a look at some of Thomas’ past work on his website too!

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